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During the 18th century in Louisiana, women were expected to reproduce. As a midwife Julianne lost her first patient just seconds after the delivery. She was blamed for the death and banished to the French colony of Louisiana with a permanent criminal symbol branded on her back. When Julianne realized that her brother was last stationed in the same area, she asked Marc-Paul Girard for help to find him. He seems to know more than he is letting on. Should she trust him?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.
When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne's brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?
With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king's mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.
Jane5 Stars Out Of 5The Mark of the KingFebruary 16, 2017JaneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It is seldom that I find a book that is interesting not only from an historical perspective, but also from a literary perspective. With The Mark of the King, author Jocelyn Green has crafted just such a story. From the very beginning, the main character captures the sympathy of the reader, drawing them into the world of colonial France.
The heroine, Julianne, finds her life turned upside down: she loses her career and reputation, her freedom and country; she gains an husband and exile to the Louisiana Territory. Upon landing, there are many more challenges ahead, and it seems the hardships have no end.
The harsh realities of colonial life are the backdrop to the great theme of this story: grace and peace. The two main characters find themselves not only needing to give much grace, but also needing to receive it. As in real life, there are times when grace is denied and judgement and condemnation are meted out instead, and peace seems so far away. But also, as reality proves the extension of grace brings peace.
As Julianne grows in grace she finds peace from bitterness, and peace amidst grief and sorrow. There is a sweet romance that grows throughout the story, but it is not the sickly, perfect romance of many books, it is the messy, hard work, tender and tried stuff of real love.
The mark of the king is branded on the flesh of the main character, but by the end of the book her soul bears The Mark of the King of kings. This is a wonderful historic tale of the power of grace and the preciousness of peace that is found when we allow ourselves to be marked as the property of the King.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Christian historical fiction at its finsest.February 15, 2017crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Mark of the King is the first book I've read by Jocelyn Green. It is wonderful and I will definitely check out her other books. This is christian historical fiction at its finest. It explores a culture and subject often not written about, and with great depth and feeling. It's one thing to hear about people being shipped off to penal colonies, it's not an isolated happening, but to read it from the point of view of this lady unfairly imprisoned and to see the raw awfulness of what she would have gone through is eye opening. But then the story is not all awfulness because in the midst of it all is God's redeeming power to bring good from what was meant for evil. Not that it would ever be an easy life!
So much happens in this story, I found myself glued to the action from the beginning. It's an emotional rollercoaster, as Ms Green doesn't spare her readers any of the cruelty and reality of life as a marked convict on her way to, and then living in, New Orleans at the very beginning of the settlement. Julianne Chevalier doesn't float her way through the story on a wave of happy feelings but neither does the story get terribly bogged down by depression and introspection. This isn't light reading but neither is it the heavy, weighty, tome it could have been. I feel the author has done a wonderful job of balancing the heavy reality and raw brutality of the time and place with action and adventure. Great job, my fellow homeschooling mom!
I most definitely recommend this book, but maybe not to the younger readers. There are more adult situations here, and I mean more raw and brutal, not as in heavy kissing scenes or such.
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweeping and stirringFebruary 15, 2017Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Sweeping and stirring, The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green tells of grace in the middle of dishonor and despair. The writing draws a fascinating and unsentimental picture of colonial life, but the characters are at the heart of the story. Complex, moving, and real, Julianne and Marc-Paul and the side characters draw you into their world. They struggle with secrets, disgrace, and grief, and come out stronger. A touching novel you wont want to miss.
Yvette K.5 Stars Out Of 5A Must ReadFebruary 12, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Once in a while I am lucky enough to find a historical novel that takes the historical aspect further than atmosphere and setting. The Mark of the King is a history lesson wrapped up in an engrossing story of one woman's trials and relationships. Well written, well researched, and very likely among the best books I will read this year.
Reminiscent of Beth White's The Pelican Bride, also set in the French colonies of early American history, and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God with a strong female lead and a story that takes a few twists and turns. One twist in particular had me pause in my reading, evoking a verbal "Oh, wow" reaction.
Set during a time when British and English were paying Native American tribes to fight each other, while running their colonies with conscripted citizens as well as African and native slaves, this is a story whose author was not afraid to get down and dirty with vivid details. Vermin, filth, starvation, rain, and mud lend atmosphere for some even grittier aspects of the storyline. While this added to the immersive nature of the story, some mid-wifery details were a bit too, well, let's say they were a bit too squishy for my delicate sensibilities.
The Mark of the King is headed for my "keeper" shelf and Jocelyn Green has now joined a select few authors who become a "must read" with a single book.
LeAnneGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Mark of the King by Jocelyn GreenFebruary 8, 2017LeAnneGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was my first time reading a book by Jocelyn Green. And was I ever surprised! I like good stories that have unforeseen twists that pop up. And this book has plenty of them! I am not sure when I last read a book with so many surprising twists and turns in it! It had things coming that I would never had guessed.
The book was also well written and the story felt very real. Even though it was hard at times to see all the terrible things Julianne went through. It was interesting to see how all of the things went together and how everything turned out. I also thought the setting took place in a interesting time in history. It was quite something to see that time in history brought to life through the story. This is a very talented author and I look forward to seeing what she writes next.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions are my own.